First Man-Movie Review

First Man tells the epic tale of America’s hero, Neil Armstrong, and NASA’s first manned mission to the moon. Director Damien Chazelle (La La Land), and executive producer Steven Spielberg, bring this highly anticipated film, starring Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. Spanning from 1961 to 1969, the film provides an intimate glimpse of Armstrong’s family, colleagues, and his time at NASA.

Before Armstrong became an astronaut, he was an accomplished test pilot for the US Air Force. As the film progresses, we watch him being recruited by NASA and prepare for Project Gemini and the historic Apollo 11 mission. The film also depicts the men selected alongside Armstrong for the space program: astronauts Ed White (Jason Clarke) and Buzz Aldrin (Corey Stoll). 

In addition to the moon landing, the film reveals Armstrong as an intensely private person, haunted by the death of his three-year-old daughter, Karen. His wife, Janet (Claire Foy, Netflix’s The Crown), was the determined silent hero who supported both her husband and NASA’s mission. However, she struggled to keep the family together, as she worried that her husband may never return home.

Screenwriter Josh Singer (The Post), wrote the script based on the biography, First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James Hansen, who also serves as the film’s co-producer. It was the close kinship between Armstrong and Hansen that unveiled the detailed accounts of his life, allowing the production to move forward.

First Man offers the privilege of seeing Armstrong’s incredible journey as he triumphs over one of the United States most dangerous missions. Using the latest IMAX technology, Chazelle recreates the moon landing as authentic as possible, allowing the audience to gain firsthand experience of the Apollo 11 mission. The film is scheduled to release on October 12, 2018.